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I just jumped to the center of the movie (Amazon Prime members can stream it for free) and watched the poisonous deadly snake scene. Went a bit like this:
Guy: What's that?
Trio: A box with a deadly snake.
Guy: Lies! I'm going to figure out how to open it.
Trio: *Spends a couple minutes debating slowly how to convince the guy.*
Humphrey: "He already knows."
I really like the original too. I ought to keep an eye out for it in the bargain DVD bins, as I've never seen an unedited version of it (you can tell it's been cut for time when it's shown on TV).
Despite my better judgement, I liked the Tom Cruise 're-make' as well. They told a good story, and he played the part well. It's just too bad the aliens didn't kill him off in that one before some moron had the bright idea of having him play Jack Reacher.
The Princess Bride[^] has always been something of a meme here at CP, but I'd never watched it until a couple of months ago. I saw it in the Wal-Mart bargain bin for $5 and bought it on a whim. It was great!
Or real classics, like Casablanca and The African Queen.
And if you want to see real comic genius (unlike a lot of the pathetic, childish cr@p that gets made nowadays), try Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, etc.
Or if you just want to see incredible stories, with beautifully written scripts, try anything written by that Shakespeare guy.
Just because certain technologies hadn't been invented when they were made/written doesn't mean people were stupid, and couldn't write great scripts.
Mind you, I've always said the same about ancient societies like the Beakers -- they weren't stupid people, they were just as smart as we are; it's just that someone else hadn't discovered electricity or invented computers, cars, and aeroplanes for them, like someone else did for us.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!